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June 10, 2009 13:39 ET

Minister Van Loan Congratulates Combined Police Efforts in a Major Marijuana Grow-Op Seizure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement in response to the news that a combined law enforcement operation of the RCMP, the Surete du Quebec, Service de police de la Ville de Montreal, Service de police de Longueuil, and the Departement de police de Laval has resulted in the shutting down of 12 alleged marijuana-grow operations.

Operation Borax, involved over 800 law enforcement officers and targeted alleged marijuana drug production and distribution in Quebec. Over 18,000 marijuana plants, 395 kilos of marijuana and more than $400,000 in cash have been confiscated. As well, more than 100 arrests have been made.

"I commend the outstanding collaboration among police forces that has led to yet another successful operation. By working together, law enforcement agencies are getting dangerous drugs off our streets and making our communities safer . These arrests would not have been possible without the dedication and diligence of police officers who work tirelessly to protect our neighbourhoods from organized crime.

To help police in their fight against crime we have committed $102 million over five years under the National Anti-Drug Strategy to support law enforcement in combating the production and distribution of illegal drugs. We have also taken steps against organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs including:

- A Police Officer Recruitment Fund;

- Over 1,500 new RCMP;

- The expansion of programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;

- Mandatory prison sentence for gun crimes;

- New legislation to increase penalties for gang- and organized crime- related violence and drug trafficking.

This government's message is clear - the production, trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs will not be tolerated. This government will continue to support the law enforcement community as they work to target organized crime and drug traffickers."

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